MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 1, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the Department of State to provide security support services for the department's computer systems and networks.

Northrop Grumman is one of eight companies awarded a BPA for security assurance services. The master ceiling of the BPA is valued at $710 million, in the aggregate, for one base year and four one-year options for the eight awarded BPAs.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector and its team will provide a comprehensive range of security support including technical, engineering, management, operations, logistical and administrative services to improve the security systems and information resources of the State Department and its foreign affairs and business partners. The scope of cyber security and assurance services to be provided to the State Department include computer, communications, telecommunications, telephony, wireless, physical and logical monitoring and security systems, and other computer-managed or controlled systems or networks.

"With our team's broad operations, intelligence and security capabilities and expertise, Northrop Grumman is poised to provide the State Department with expert technical resources to meet its mission of creating a more secure, democratic and prosperous world," said Linda Mills, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Civilian Agencies group. "We will work with our industry partners to provide improved system security and access to future technology to the State Department and its bureaus around the world."

Northrop Grumman teammates include CGI Federal, Fairfax, Va.; CNSI, Rockville, Md.; Data Systems Analysts, Trevose, Pa.; G&B Solutions, McLean, Va.; JIL IT, Triangle, Va.; Kahn & Hill, Bethesda, Md.; Network Security Systems Plus, LLC, Falls Church, Va.; MILVETS Systems Technology, Lanham, Md.; Patriot LLC, and SBI Technologies, Columbia, Md.; Technica Corp., Dulles, Va.; Veris Group, Vienna, Va.; and WINS, Greenbelt, Md.

Work on task orders under the BPA will be conducted at U.S. Department of State facilities worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Christy Whitman
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (571) 213-5302

          Juli Ballesteros, APR
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (703) 556-2736